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Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt
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There are some rumors on the web that Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt may be in trouble.

"Publisher Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt has put the word out to its some of its editors to stop acquiring new manuscripts, Publishers Weekly reports. Agent Jonathon Lazear tells the industry rag, "I've been in the business a long time and at a couple of houses I worked at, when things were bad, we were asked to cut back. But I've never heard of anything so public."

What exactly this will mean for the general public remains to be seen. According to Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt's vice president of communications, Josef Blumenfeld, "it's a symbol of doing things smarter; it's not an indicator of the end of literature." That makes sense.

Except that he continued, "We have turned off the spigot, but we have a very robust pipeline."

Metaphor alert! The spigot is the thing that delivers a liquid, like water, to the consumer. The consumer relies on a spigot to dispense water when needed. A pipeline conveys a liquid (like water or oil) from its source to -- well, to a series of intermediaries, with the end goal of delivering to the consumer. Through the spigot.

Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt may have a robust pipeline of books in progress -- that's great! But to be clear, what they've done is ceased to buy raw materials (temporarily, they say, in some areas, and this ban can be superseded). They haven't turned off the spigot, which would mean they've stopped selling books. That would be bad for business."

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacke ... 8/11/publishing-indu.html

Posted on: 2008/11/29 0:15


Re: American Two Towers First Edition, Later Printing
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This comes from an article by Steve Frisby in The Tolkien Collector:

[On Hold -Jeremy]

Posted on: 2008/11/28 17:21


American Two Towers First Edition, Later Printing
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I found a first edition, later printing copy of the Two Towers (American edition) that lacks any type of date inside. It contains a dust jacket with the $5.00 price. Does anyone know how to determine which printing it is?

Josh

Posted on: 2008/11/28 17:08


Re: Tales from the Perilous Realm Deluxe
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Yesterday, my copy has arrived. It looks very good, and the inside (and outside too of course) is of high quality. The pages are quite strong but make it a bit hard to read though... But I'm not going to read in this one!

There was a cut in the envelope, but no damage was made to the book or slipcase because of that.

Posted on: 2008/11/28 14:22
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Re: Linguaphone Course with Tolkien recording
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As an aside as these must be out of copyright by now, have any digital recordings ever been made of Tolkien from the 78 LPs?


Not that I have found or know of, but I'm not a very long time 'into Tolkien'

Posted on: 2008/11/28 14:15
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